|Don Norman on 3 ways good design makes you happy - TED.com|
In this talk from 2003, design critic Don Norman turns his incisive eye toward beauty, fun, pleasure and emotion, as he looks at design that makes people happy. He names the three emotional cues that a well-designed product must hit to succeed.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2003; TED; Talks; creativity; design; happiness; 2003
|Ron Gutman: The hidden power of smiling - TED.com|
Ron Gutman reviews a raft of studies about smiling, and reveals some surprising results. Did you know your smile can be a predictor of how long you'll live -- and that a simple smile has a measurable effect on your overall well-being? Prepare to flex a few facial muscles as you learn more about this evolutionarily contagious behavior.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2011; TED; Talks; culture; happiness; science; society; 2011
|Stefan Sagmeister shares happy design - TED.com|
Graphic designer Stefan Sagmeister takes the audience on a whimsical journey through moments of his life that made him happy -- and notes how many of these moments have to do with good design.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; art; arts; design; happiness; 2004
|Paul Bloom: The origins of pleasure - TED.com|
Why do we like an original painting better than a forgery? Psychologist Paul Bloom argues that human beings are essentialists -- that our beliefs about the history of an object change how we experience it, not simply as an illusion, but as a deep feature of what pleasure (and pain) is.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2011; TED; Talks; happiness; philosophy; psychology; science; 2011
|Larry Smith: Why you will fail to have a great career - TED.com|
In this funny and blunt talk, Larry Smith pulls no punches when he calls out the absurd excuses people invent when they fail to pursue their passions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; TEDxFeatured; business; failure; happiness; success; TEDxUW; 2011
|Nancy Etcoff on the surprising science of happiness - TED.com|
Cognitive researcher Nancy Etcoff looks at happiness -- the ways we try to achieve and increase it, the way it's untethered to our real circumstances, and its surprising effect on our bodies.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; beauty; culture; happiness; 2004
|Shawn Achor: The happy secret to better work - TED.com|
We believe that we should work to be happy, but could that be backwards? In this fast-moving and entertaining talk from TEDxBloomington, psychologist Shawn Achor argues that actually happiness inspires productivity.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxBloomington; TED; Talks; business; happiness; psychology; science; 2011
|Matt Killingsworth: Want to be happier? Stay in the moment - TED.com|
When are humans most happy? To gather data on this question, Matt Killingsworth built an app, Track Your Happiness, that let people report their feelings in real time. Among the surprising results: We're often happiest when we're lost in the moment. And the flip side: The more our mind wanders, the less happy we can be. (Filmed at TEDxCambridge.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; happiness; psychology; software; TEDxCambridge; 2011
|Ash Beckham: We're all hiding something. Let's find the courage to open up - TED.com|
In this touching talk, Ash Beckham offers a fresh approach to empathy and openness. It starts with understanding that everyone, at some point in their life, has experienced hardship. The only way out, says Beckham, is to open the door and step out of your closet.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; empathy; happiness; TEDxBoulder 2013; 2013
|David Steindl-Rast: Want to be happy? Be grateful - TED.com|
The one thing all humans have in common is that each of us wants to be happy, says Brother David Steindl-Rast, a monk and interfaith scholar. And happiness, he suggests, is born from gratitude. An inspiring lesson in slowing down, looking where you’re going, and above all, being grateful.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; faith; happiness; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Stefan Sagmeister: 7 rules for making more happiness - TED.com|
Using simple, delightful illustrations, designer Stefan Sagmeister shares his latest thinking on happiness -- both the conscious and unconscious kind. His seven rules for life and design happiness can (with some customizations) apply to everyone seeking more joy.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED@Cannes; TED; Talks; arts; design; film; happiness; 2010
|Caleb Chung plays with Pleo - TED.com|
Pleo the robot dinosaur acts like a living pet -- exploring, cuddling, playing, reacting and learning. Inventor Caleb Chung talks about Pleo and his wild toy career at EG07, on the week that Pleo shipped to stores for the first time.
Keywords: TEDTalks; EG 2007; TED; Talks; children; design; entertainment; happiness; invention; technology; 2007
|Carl Honore praises slowness - TED.com|
Journalist Carl Honore believes the Western world's emphasis on speed erodes health, productivity and quality of life. But there's a backlash brewing, as everyday people start putting the brakes on their all-too-modern lives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; choice; culture; happiness; health; parenting; personal growth; potential; psychology; 2005
|Barry Schwartz: Using our practical wisdom - TED.com|
In an intimate talk, Barry Schwartz dives into the question "How do we do the right thing?" With help from collaborator Kenneth Sharpe, he shares stories that illustrate the difference between following the rules and truly choosing wisely.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED in the Field; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; happiness; philosophy; self; 2010
|Jonathan Harris collects stories - TED.com|
At the EG conference in December 2007, artist Jonathan Harris discusses his latest projects, which involve collecting stories: his own, strangers', and stories collected from the Internet, including his amazing "We Feel Fine."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; art; arts; culture; entertainment; global issues; happiness; software; storytelling; web; TED2007; 2007
|Paula Scher gets serious - TED.com|
Paula Scher looks back at a life in design (she's done album covers, books, the Citibank logo ...) and pinpoints the moment when she started really having fun. Look for gorgeous designs and images from her legendary career.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; art; arts; design; entertainment; happiness; 2008
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|His Holiness the Karmapa: The technology of the heart - TED.com|
His Holiness the Karmapa talks about how he was discovered to be the reincarnation of a revered figure in Tibetan Buddhism. In telling his story, he urges us to work on not just technology and design, but the technology and design of the heart. He is translated onstage by Tyler Dewar.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDIndia 2009; TED; Talks; brain; culture; happiness; religion; society; 2009
|Robert Thurman: We can be Buddhas - TED.com|
In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; Buddhism; God; culture; global issues; happiness; peace; religion; TEDSalon 2006; 2006
|Neil Pasricha: The 3 A's of awesome - TED.com|
Neil Pasricha's blog 1000 Awesome Things savors life's simple pleasures, from free refills to clean sheets. In this heartfelt talk from TEDxToronto, he reveals the 3 secrets (all starting with A) to leading a life that's truly awesome.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDxToronto 2010; TED; Talks; book; happiness; life; love; personal growth; psychology; writing; 2010
|Nic Marks: The Happy Planet Index - TED.com|
Statistician Nic Marks asks why we measure a nation's success by its productivity -- instead of by the happiness and well-being of its people. He introduces the Happy Planet Index, which tracks national well-being against resource use (because a happy life doesn't have to cost the earth). Which countries rank highest in the HPI? You might be surprised.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; data; economics; global issues; happiness; statistics; tedbooks; TEDGlobal 2010; 2010
|Chip Conley: Measuring what makes life worthwhile - TED.com|
When the dotcom bubble burst, hotelier Chip Conley went in search of a business model based on happiness. In an old friendship with an employee and in the wisdom of a Buddhist king, he learned that success comes from what you count.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; Buddhism; business; economics; happiness; money; psychology; TED2010; 2010
|Benjamin Wallace on the price of happiness - TED.com|
Can happiness be bought? To find out, author Benjamin Wallace sampled the world's most expensive products, including a bottle of 1947 Chateau Cheval Blanc, 8 ounces of Kobe beef and the fabled (notorious) Kopi Luwak coffee. His critique may surprise you.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Taste3 2008; TED; Talks; book; business; culture; entertainment; food; happiness; writing; 2008
|Pico Iyer: Where is home? - TED.com|
More and more people worldwide are living in countries not considered their own. Writer Pico Iyer -- who himself has three or four “origins” -- meditates on the meaning of home, the joy of traveling and the serenity of standing still.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; happiness; world cultures; writing; TEDGlobal 2013; 2013
|Rory Sutherland: Life lessons from an ad man - TED.com|
Advertising adds value to a product by changing our perception, rather than the product itself. Rory Sutherland makes the daring assertion that a change in perceived value can be just as satisfying as what we consider “real” value -- and his conclusion has interesting consequences for how we look at life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; advertising; business; creativity; economics; happiness; life; psychology; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Dan Gilbert on our mistaken expectations - TED.com|
Dan Gilbert presents research and data from his exploration of happiness -- sharing some surprising tests and experiments that you can also try on yourself. Watch through to the end for a sparkling Q and A with some familiar TED faces.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; brain; choice; culture; entertainment; happiness; psychology; self; society; TEDGlobal 2005; 2005
|Philip Zimbardo prescribes a healthy take on time - TED.com|
Psychologist Philip Zimbardo says happiness and success are rooted in a trait most of us disregard: the way we orient toward the past, present and future. He suggests we calibrate our outlook on time as a first step to improving our lives.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; brain; business; happiness; mind; psychology; science; 2009
|Richard Seymour: How beauty feels - TED.com|
A story, a work of art, a face, a designed object -- how do we tell that something is beautiful? And why does it matter so much to us? Designer Richard Seymour explores our response to beauty and the surprising power of objects that exhibit it.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; arts; beauty; design; happiness; TEDSalon London Spring 2011; 2011
|Stefan Sagmeister: The power of time off - TED.com|
Every seven years, designer Stefan Sagmeister closes his New York studio for a yearlong sabbatical to rejuvenate and refresh their creative outlook. He explains the often overlooked value of time off and shows the innovative projects inspired by his time in Bali.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; adventure; art; creativity; design; happiness; innovation; work; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Dan Gilbert asks, Why are we happy? - TED.com|
Dan Gilbert, author of Stumbling on Happiness, challenges the idea that we’ll be miserable if we don’t get what we want. Our "psychological immune system" lets us feel truly happy even when things don’t go as planned.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; brain; choice; culture; evolution; happiness; psychology; science; 2004
|Daniel Kahneman: The riddle of experience vs. memory - TED.com|
Using examples from vacations to colonoscopies, Nobel laureate and founder of behavioral economics Daniel Kahneman reveals how our experiencing selves and our remembering selves perceive happiness differently. This new insight has profound implications for economics, public policy -- and our own self-awareness.
Keywords: TedTalks; TED; Talks; brain; culture; economics; happiness; mind; philosophy; psychology; science; TED2010; 2010
|Maira Kalman, the illustrated woman - TED.com|
Author and illustrator Maira Kalman talks about her life and work, from her covers for The New Yorker to her books for children and grown-ups. She is as wonderful, as wise and as deliciously off-kilter in person as she is on paper.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2007; TED; Talks; art; children; culture; design; entertainment; happiness; 2007
|Richard St. John's 8 secrets of success - TED.com|
Why do people succeed? Is it because they're smart? Or are they just lucky? Neither. Analyst Richard St. John condenses years of interviews into an unmissable 3-minute slideshow on the real secrets of success.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; business; culture; education; entertainment; happiness; psychology; short talk; work; 2005
|Alex Tabarrok on how ideas trump crises - TED.com|
The "dismal science" truly shines in this optimistic talk, as economist Alex Tabarrok argues free trade and globalization are shaping our once-divided world into a community of idea-sharing more healthy, happy and prosperous than anyone's predictions.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2009; TED; Talks; business; china; culture; economics; future; global issues; happiness; health; history; 2009
|Andy Puddicombe: All it takes is 10 mindful minutes - TED.com|
When is the last time you did absolutely nothing for 10 whole minutes? Not texting, talking or even thinking? Mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe describes the transformative power of doing just that: Refreshing your mind for 10 minutes a day, simply by being mindful and experiencing the present moment. (No need for incense or sitting in uncomfortable positions.)
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; Buddhism; culture; happiness; health; productivity; success; work; TEDSalon London Fall 2012; 2012
|Graham Hill: Less stuff, more happiness - TED.com|
Writer and designer Graham Hill asks: Can having less stuff, in less room, lead to more happiness? He makes the case for taking up less space, and lays out three rules for editing your life.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; culture; design; happiness; media; shopping; TED2011; 2011
|Luca Turin on the science of scent - TED.com|
What's the science behind a sublime perfume? With charm and precision, biophysicist Luca Turin explains the molecular makeup -- and the art -- of a scent.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2005; TED; Talks; beauty; happiness; materials; science; technology; 2005
|Stuart Brown says play is more than fun - TED.com|
A pioneer in research on play, Dr. Stuart Brown says humor, games, roughhousing, flirtation and fantasy are more than just fun. Plenty of play in childhood makes for happy, smart adults -- and keeping it up can make us smarter at any age.
Keywords: TEDTalks; Serious Play 2008; TED; Talks; brain; children; education; entertainment; gaming; happiness; health; psychology; science; 2008
|Rick Warren on a life of purpose - TED.com|
Pastor Rick Warren, author of The Purpose-Driven Life, reflects on his own crisis of purpose in the wake of his book's wild success. He explains his belief that God's intention is for each of us to use our talents and influence to do good.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2006; TED; Talks; Christianity; God; culture; happiness; leadership; philanthropy; religion; 2006
|Aimee Mullins: The opportunity of adversity - TED.com|
The thesaurus might equate "disabled" with synonyms like "useless" and "mutilated," but ground-breaking runner Aimee Mullins is out to redefine the word. Defying these associations, she shows how adversity -- in her case, being born without shinbones -- actually opens the door for human potential.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDMED 2009; TED; Talks; activism; happiness; health; heroism; prosthetics; social change; society; 2009
|Bob Thurman says we can be Buddhas - TED.com|
In our hyperlinked world, we can know anything, anytime. And this mass enlightenment, says Buddhist scholar Bob Thurman, is our first step toward Buddha nature.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDSalon 2006; TED; Talks; Buddhism; God; culture; global issues; happiness; peace; religion; 2006
|Stefan Sagmeister on what he has learned - TED.com|
Rockstar designer Stefan Sagmeister delivers a short, witty talk on life lessons, expressed through surprising modes of design (including ... inflatable monkeys?).
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2008; TED; Talks; art; design; education; happiness; humor; work; 2008
|Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi on flow - TED.com|
Mihaly Czikszentmihalyi asks, "What makes a life worth living?" Noting that money cannot make us happy, he looks to those who find pleasure and lasting satisfaction in activities that bring about a state of "flow."
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; culture; global issues; happiness; music; psychology; work; 2004
|Martin Seligman on positive psychology - TED.com|
Martin Seligman talks about psychology -- as a field of study and as it works one-on-one with each patient and each practitioner. As it moves beyond a focus on disease, what can modern psychology help us to become?
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; brain; education; happiness; psychology; science; technology; 2004
|Becky Blanton: The year I was homeless - TED.com|
Becky Blanton planned to live in her van for a year and see the country, but when depression set in and her freelance job ended, her camping trip turned into homelessness. In this intimate talk, she describes her experience of becoming one of America's working homeless.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED; Talks; adventure; happiness; life; personal growth; poverty; social change; society; storytelling; TEDGlobal 2009; 2009
|Nick Bostrom on our biggest problems - TED.com|
Oxford philosopher and transhumanist Nick Bostrom examines the future of humankind and asks whether we might alter the fundamental nature of humanity to solve our most intrinsic problems.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; antidepressants; biotech; culture; death; future; global issues; happiness; philosophy; technology; transhuman; 2005
|Eve Ensler: happiness in body and soul - TED.com|
Eve Ensler, creator of "The Vagina Monologues," shares how a discussion about menopause with her friends led to talking about all sorts of sexual acts onstage, waging a global campaign to end violence toward women and finding her own happiness.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; Featured; arts; culture; entertainment; gender; global issues; happiness; performance; storytelling; theater; violence; women; 2004
|Matthieu Ricard on the habits of happiness - TED.com|
What is happiness, and how can we all get some? Biochemist turned Buddhist monk Matthieu Ricard says we can train our minds in habits of well-being, to generate a true sense of serenity and fulfillment.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TED2004; TED; Talks; Buddhism; God; brain; culture; faith; global issues; happiness; peace; photography; religion; 2004
|Barry Schwartz on the paradox of choice - TED.com|
Psychologist Barry Schwartz takes aim at a central tenet of western societies: freedom of choice. In Schwartz's estimation, choice has made us not freer but more paralyzed, not happier but more dissatisfied.
Keywords: TEDTalks; TEDGlobal 2005; TED; Talks; business; choice; consumerism; culture; economics; happiness; personal growth; potential; psychology; shopping; 2005